The Voice is All: The Lonely Victory of Jack Kerouac

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In The Voice Is All, Joyce Johnson—coauthor of the classic memoir Door Wide Open, about her relationship with Jack Kerouac—brilliantly peels away layers of the Kerouac legend to show how, caught between two cultures and two languages, he forged a voice to contain his dualities. Looking more deeply than previous biographers into how Kerouac's French Canadian background enriched his prose and gave him a unique outsider's vision of America, she tracks his development from boyhood through the phenomenal breakthroughs...

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Overview

In The Voice Is All, Joyce Johnson—coauthor of the classic memoir Door Wide Open, about her relationship with Jack Kerouac—brilliantly peels away layers of the Kerouac legend to show how, caught between two cultures and two languages, he forged a voice to contain his dualities. Looking more deeply than previous biographers into how Kerouac's French Canadian background enriched his prose and gave him a unique outsider's vision of America, she tracks his development from boyhood through the phenomenal breakthroughs of 1951 that resulted in the composition of On the Road, followed by Visions of Cody. By illuminating Kerouac's early choice to sacrifice everything for his work, The Voice Is All deals with him on his own terms and puts the tragic contradictions of his nature and his complex relationships into perspective.

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"This is quite simply the best book about Kerouac and one of the best accounts of any writer's apprenticeship that I have read." —-Russell Banks
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781452658209
  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/13/2012
  • Format: MP3 on CD
  • Edition description: MP3 - Unabridged CD
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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Joyce Johnson is the author of several books, including the National Book Critics Circle Award–winner Minor Characters, Missing Men, and Door Wide Open, with Jack Kerouac. She has written for Vanity Fair and the New Yorker and lives in New York City.

Carrington MacDuffie is a voice actor and recording artist who has narrated over two hundred audiobooks, received numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards, and has been a frequent finalist for the Audie Award, including for her original audiobook Many Things Invisible.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2013

    Must Read for Kerouac fans

    An excellent biography of Kerouac. Well written and easy to read it will help you begin to understand how his life became his inspiration.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2013

    This is one VERY good read!

    I had thought maybe this would be only more of the same information everyone already knows. But it is most definitely NOT.
    As a gift to my well educated poet/artist husband, who was one of Jack Kerouac's original believers, he is not only reading this one incredibly
    slowly, but with SUCH great relish at finally discovering what Jack's actual commitment to his art, truly was.
    This just might be the final word on Jack Kerouac. The one that truly helps the world to understand the Fine Artist he truly was.
    Thank YOU, Joyce Johnson!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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